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's on assignment. in a moment, we'll get the latest on the speeches and stumping with 42 days until the election. >>> from heartache to happiness. the family stunned to get their dog back. years after a hurricane that hit new orleans. >>> also this half-hour, new outrage over corporal punishment. the teenage school girls getting paddled by a male vice principal. >> that sounds all kind of wrong. >>> and later a return of "dancing with the stars," all the movers and shakers from the debut coming up in "the skinny." >> first mitt romney heads to ohio to begin a three-day bus tour with running mate paul ryan. >> with 42 days to go, the stakes couldn't be any higher. abc's karen travers is in washington. karen? >> reporter: good morning, john. good morning, sunny. officially six weeks until election day. yesterday, mitt romney was stumping in colorado while president obama stopped by "the view." don't call it a reset, but this week, mitt romney will be aggressively storming the campaign trail. >> we're going to get this country on the right track to do what needs to be done. >> reporter: he continue
countdowns are in full swings this morning. five days until the first debate. 39 days until the election. after spending wednesday in ohio and yesterday in virginia, the candidates go separate ways today. the president has fund-raisers in washington. mitt romney will be in pennsylvania and massachusetts. and as abc's karen travers reports, both campaigns are sizing up the latest numbers on where they stand. >> reporter: there are two ways the presidential election can be viewed. one, american. one vote. that adds up on election day to the national popular vote. >> i think as you look at the national polls, i'm tied in the national polls. >> reporter: those national polls do show a dead-heat. neither candidate has been able to really open up and sustain a significant lead. but that's not how a presidential election is won. it all comes down to the electoral college. each state assigned a number of votes. the process became infamous during the 2000 race between george w. bush and al gore. gore won the popular vote. but bush won the electoral college after a bitter legal battle. so, the fig
. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolutely confident when we get to thursday morning, george. >> reporter: president obama is keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has got to be president. this is the guy that killed osama bin laden. i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he's got to relax. >> mitt romney keeps hammering president obama's foreign policy. in a new op-ed, romney calls for a new strategy in the middle east. at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> the supreme court convened for its new term with a full docket
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